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Unique ID: DUR-B1AFC6
Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation
A complete lead palm guard of Post-Medieval to Modern date (AD 1600-1950). The object is a rounded oval, D shape in section. The underside has two small circular depressions near the centre. These depressions are believed to have been used to push a needle through a tough material. The object also has a number of linear incisions across its surface.
Leather workers' palm guards are discussed in an article in Gordon Bailey's 'Detector Finds 2', 1993, pages 64-5. Dating of these artefacts is very difficult; the earliest examples seem to date from the 17th century, although they may have been in use right through to the 20th century (Bailey, 1993, page 64).
The metal is a light cream in colour with a smooth patina.
Similar examples can be seen on the Portable Antiquities Database: Unique ID: SWYOR-0E65DB, Unique ID: PUBLIC-A63656, Unique ID: SUR-C563FD and Unique ID: CORN-DDB2E5
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder
Length: 104.09 mm
Width: 58.5 mm
Thickness: 9.57 mm
Weight: 144 g
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4 Figure: NZ0950
Four figure Latitude: 54.84473219
Four figure longitude: -1.86137668
1:25K map: NZ0950
1:10K map: NZ05SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.
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